YCTA protecting preps - we need info

posted Apr 30, 2013, 7:51 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Apr 30, 2013, 7:52 AM ]

Preparation periods provide a dedicated time during the day to be used at your discretion to prepare for your classes.  YCTA filed a grievance to protect our prep time from encroachment by administration.


The Association filed the grievance based on the fact that after failing to volunteer, YCHS teachers were directed to accompany administration in classroom observation exercises during their preparation period.  We must preserve the prep as it was intended to allow you the professional to make decisions to use the time to serve you students.


The YCUSD / YCTA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) states that High School Teachers and Middle School Teachers shall be provided “time in the school day for planning, evaluating, preparing, and obtaining materials.  A period of time equal to the regular instructional period shall be set aside for each teacher as a preparation period.  In the event of extenuating circumstances, the administrator shall assign personnel as conditions necessitate.” (CBA p.   17)


The District denied the grievance stating that “observations were within the purpose for which preparation time is set aside… because the purpose of the classroom observations included, ‘planning, evaluating, preparing and obtaining materials’,” and, even if not, “the District was able to issue the directive based on extenuating circumstances” being that the school is in Program Improvement. The District further attempted to deny the grievance based on the District’s belief that the District may direct duties during preparation time without additional compensation based on an employee’s professional responsibilities per Appendix A.   They also stated that they would only have to pay for subbing during our prep and this was not subbing. 

The Association is taking the grievance to arbitration.  We need your help in preparing for the arbitration.  We need to find out if there have been any other incidents when prep periods may have been abridged by administration.  You will be receiving a survey in your box soon - also attached.  We need to know if administration has ever asked you to give up your prep for any purpose other than substituting for an absent teacher.


Please return the survey to your site rep or directly to me.  I appreciate your help in gathering this data.  We all know the value of our preps when used at our discretion to prepare for our instruction of students. 


Thank you, Dina

YCTA Prep Period Survey